The Weekly Roar

November 13

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A Message from Principal Godbey

Dear La Ballona Community,


Each November, we are encouraged to express gratitude for the good in our lives. As we close our first trimester and welcome a week long respite, I want to thank the teachers, students, staff, parents, district folks and all support personnel who have given their time, heart, and energy into keeping La Ballona afloat as we transitioned back to physical schooling. I also want to extend a very loud and public thank you to our Special Education Team and all of the Special Education aides that never stop giving their all. Fred Rogers said it best: "I hope you're proud of yourself for the times you've said "yes," when all it meant was extra work for you and was seemingly helpful only to someone else."


Stay PAWSitive

Dr. Becky Godbey

Principal

The La Ballona Times!

Enjoy this newspaper written by our own journalist Jenson Rivera, 4th Grader! Each month, Jenson writes this newspaper for his peers in Room 10. We support our budding journalist! Read the pdf below.
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The STARs have aligned! (repeated)

La Ballona has Great News! STAR, our free after-care program, is ready for full capacity. Everyone on the STAR waiting list has already been notified. If you are in need or after-care through STAR, please contact STAR coordinator Cynthia Perez at cynthiap@starinc.org.

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Covid Testing Continues each Tuesday

Dear CCUSD staff and families:


We are ready to go with the new COVID testing provider - Living Fit Nation (LFN). Testing will begin next week for all staff and students, with the first week (similar to the last rollout) acting as our pilot to make sure everything runs smoothly. We will monitor the registration status to ensure everyone is registering and contacting those who do not.


To be tested this Tuesday (11/16), you must be registered by Saturday 11/13 at 8:00pm.


Registration for this system is similar to the last one with several improvements:

  • One parent email is able to register multiple students
  • Once registered, you are set - no need to “order tests”
  • Assistance is available directly from LFN
  • Step by step instructions are attached here to assist you

You will have to provide insurance information if available, as billing is done the same way. LFN will bill insurance if available and if not will bill the Federal grant program, which is why they need further information if you select “no insurance”. You will never be charged anything for these tests.


With this new provider, we will be able to do all the testing in one day. The schedule for now will be Tuesdays:

  • All elementary schools and OCD first thing in the morning until 10:00am


For more information, please go to the district website: 2020-2021 Updates & Communications - ES: COVID-19 / Distance Learning - Culver City Unified School District (ccusd.org)


Click on the video to show your child what to do.

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The Month of November

Important La Ballona Dates (New Events in Bold)

Nov. 16- SSC Meeting

Nov. 16- Covid Testing during school

Nov. 19- Trimester 1 Ends

Nov. 22-26- Thanksgiving Break (No School)

Nov. 29 School resumes


Below is our November Cultural Calendar. Click on the picture.

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La Ballona Volunteer Opportunities

As you may have heard, CCUSD is now allowing cleared volunteers to support our campus! Before anyone can volunteer, all prospective volunteers must attend a Volunteer Orientation Meeting. We will hold our first orientation meeting Wednesday, November 17th at 12:30-1:30 via Zoom. At this meeting, you'll learn how to become a cleared volunteer and the protocols volunteers will follow. If you are interested in volunteering, please attend this meeting. If you cannot come to this meeting, there will be additional orientation meetings after Thanksgiving Break. Having volunteers on campus will certainly make school feel one step closer to "normal".


Join Zoom Meeting

https://ccusd.zoom.us/j/81101758236

Meeting ID: 811 0175 8236

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SSC Meeting Tuesday

Our School Site Council meeting is Tuesday, November 16th at 3:30. The School Site Council is a governing group that helps our school make decisions about the school budget. Next week's agenda is below.
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LOST & FOUND

La Ballona families, please remember to check the "Lost & Found" in the lobby at the front entrance of the school. Please wear a mask when entering as well, thank you! ! Also label clothes, lunch bags, water bottles, etc. We were able to return a few of the items to their owners on Friday because they were labeled. It would be nice to get all of these back to their owners.


All unclaimed items will be donated to charity during the Thanksgiving break.

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Halloween Photos!

Halloween "Photo montage" of the costume parade-Friday Oct 29th

https://vimeo.com/642025081/571583af49

Halloween "Video" of the costume parade Friday Oct 29th
https://vimeo.com/642433531/63821a6187

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School Meals

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Square 1 Art deadline - Monday, November 15th

Square 1 order forms went home with your students last week, and now is your chance to order products with their amazing artwork while raising money for the school! You can return the forms to school or order online at square1art.com. Orders are due by November 15th in order to have them shipped to the school in time for the holidays. Feel free to email Christine with any questions cmaitkoeh@gmail.com

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Online Auction Fundraiser thanks YOU for your support

Our online auction fundraiser is NOW OVER! Thank you to everyone who participated, bid on items and donated so many different things/services to help us reach $28,000. We appreciate all your help with this wonderful important fundraiser for La Ballona.
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Online Auction fundraiser - pickup of items!

For anyone who "won" an item at our school's online auction fundraiser, PLEASE pickup your items at the La Ballona school front entrance lobby (door on Washington Blvd.) at one of the three following dates and times:

  • Tuesday Nov. 16, 8-9am
  • Thursday Nov. 18, 8-9am
  • Thursday Nov. 18, 3-6pm

Please put a reminder in your phone to remember to get your items at one of those times. If you're sending someone else to pick up, please let us know so we can make a note of it in our spreadsheet. If you cannot make one of those times, email us at bfglaballona@gmail.com to arrange an alternative time and place for pick up. If you need your items shipped and haven't contacted us yet, please send us your preferred address. If you already sent your mailing address, we have it, and we will begin shipping items on Friday. You will see an additional charge on your card for shipping.


If you do not pick up at one of the above times and we don't hear from you by December 1, then your items will be considered a donation back to the school. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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Amazon SMILE -help support La Ballona at no extra cost to you!

La Ballona Community Rewards!


How your daily spending can make money for La Ballona.

**Did you know that your weekly shopping can turn into money for our school at no extra cost to you? Is Amazon one of your favorite online places to shop? By taking 1 minute to designate La Ballona Elementary School as your charity and making your Amazon purchases on ‘Amazon Smile’ instead of Amazon, you’ll be donating to La Ballona and it’s at absolutely no extra cost to you.

Amazon Smile contributes .05% of your sale to La Ballona. Prices on smile.amazon.com are identical to amazon.com so it’s of no extra cost to you.


Here’s how:

Go to smile.amazon.com and enter your Amazon login information

In the “or pick your own charitable organization” field, type in La Ballona PTA and click select. Now La Ballona is your designated charity! When you shop and/or want to finalize your Amazon purchases, sign into smile.amazon.com on your computer or use the Amazon Smile App on your cell phone and you will have access to your shopping cart and all the same inventory and prices.

**please note that purchases completed on amazon.com or thru your regular amazon app on your mobile phone do not support donations to the schools PTA (must be the “amazon smile app” that is FREE to download)

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STAR NOVA classes registration (Wednesday only!)

After school enrichment classes through STAR NOVA will be offered (for a fee) on Wednesdays from 12/1 - 2/2. Registration begins Friday, November 12th! Please see the attached flyer for more information.

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Attention all 5th Grade Parents - Pali Camp meeting info below!

Topic: Pali Camp Parent Meeting

Time: Nov 15, 2021 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)


Join Zoom Meeting

https://ccusd.zoom.us/j/86390178622?pwd=WWZsTTVqd2plTFpIWmJ5L0xsK1l3QT09


Meeting ID: 863 9017 8622

Passcode: palicamp

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Fundraiser "Pie sale" at Mañana Coffee

Order a pie for Thanksgiving and the La Ballona PTA will receive 100% of the proceeds. Running now through November 22nd. Mañana Coffee is generously donating 100% of the proceeds from the sale of their pies to La Ballona Elementary from November 1 to November 22nd. Choose from vanilla bourbon pecan, heirloom pumpkin, apple and cherry.

Remember, pies must be ordered no later than Monday, November 22!


Mañana Coffee 11469 Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90066 United States

  1. Order your pie(s) in person at Mañana Coffee starting November 1st. Orders must be placed and paid for by Monday, November 22!
  2. Make sure to save your email receipt (no printouts will be given) to claim your pie on Thursday, November 25.
  3. On Thursday, November 25, go to the pre-order pick-up line at Mañana Coffee
  4. Enjoy your pie knowing that you’ve helped support our school
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Sharkeys restaurant fundraiser competition this week!

From Monday, November 15th until Sunday, November 21st La Ballona is back in the restaurant fundraiser contest at Sharky's (In the Marina) but this time we are competing against Goethe Charter School!! Lets win this one again and take home an extra $500 from the restaurant while claiming victory for 2021! PLease refer to the flyer attached below for address and more details. Thank you again for your support.

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Quicksand restaurant fundraiser continues - but now it's 20% that goes towards the PTA

Our restaurant fundraiser has been extended at Quicksand until the end of November 2021. It is right across the street from La Ballona and they are open from 9am-2pm. The La Ballona PTA will receive 20% of your purchase, at no extra cost to you.... Thank you very much for your support

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DEI committee meetings next week

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee has scheduled three different Town Hall meetings via Zoom next week for affinity groups (African American families, Hispanic/Latinx families and families of children with Special Needs) with CCUSD superintendent Tran! This is for CCUSD families to attend.


Town Hall #1

Date: Monday, November 15, 2021

Start Time: 5pm

End Time: 6pm

Language: Spanish

Location: Council PTA via Zoom (link TBA)

Contact Person and Phone Number: LaToya Baldwin Clark, 215-779-1690, ptacouncilequity@gmail.com

Reason: town hall conversation with Superintendent Tran


Town Hall #2

Date: Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Start Time: 5pm

End Time: 6pm

Language: Spanish

Location: Council PTA via Zoom (link TBA)

Contact Person and Phone Number: LaToya Baldwin Clark 215-779-1690, ptacouncilequity@gmail.com

Reason: town hall conversation with Superintendent Tran


Town Hall #3

Date: Monday, November 22, 2021

Start Time: 5pm

End Time: 6pm

Language: Spanish

Location: Council PTA via Zoom (link TBA)

Contact Person and Phone Number: LaToya Baldwin Clark, 215-779-1690, ptacouncilequity@gmail.com

Reason: town hall conversation with Superintendent Tran

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DEI 2 minute survey, thank you for your time

The Culver City Council of PTAs Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee is asking you, as a paid PTA/PTSA member, to complete this short, ANONYMOUS survey. We are collecting this information so that we can better understand our membership.

*This survey is only for PTA/PTSA members and will not be connected to your personal information in any way.*

If you have any questions about this survey, please contact LaToya Baldwin Clark, VP Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee at ptacouncilequity@gmail.com.

Please complete the survey by Tuesday, 11/16

Thank you!

https://docs.google.com/.../1FAIpQLSdL6ByzcY7yg.../viewform

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Mental Health Workshops for Spanish Speaking Families

The promoters from LA County Department of Mental Health are excited to begin their mental health workshops for our Spanish speaking families in CCUSD. These workshops are held in spanish. Look below for the schedule.
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